Carol Betts Chaplin peacefully passed away Monday August 15, 2016 at the age of 92 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Rial Chaplin, sr., parents Karl and Anna (Nee Bergstad) Betts, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. Loving mother of JoAnn Hegarty (Menomonee Falls, WI), Harry Rial (Lea) Chaplin, Jr. (Moline, IL), Dennis (Sue) Chaplin (Arlington Heights, IL), Wanda Tetlan (Menomonee Falls, WI), and Allan Chaplin (North Port Richey, FL). Special Grandmother to 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was born in Chicago. Married in 1943 then joined her husband in Liberal, Kansas where he served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII as an aircraft mechanic on B24’s; she was an accountant at a local bakery.

After the war they returned to Plymouth, transformed the family farm into an airport establishing a business in the emerging field of general aviation naming it Chaplin’s Airpark.

At various times over the years they provided aviation service to Wisconsin Dells, Waupaca, and Manitowoc County. She also taught Sunday school, was a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross and an Active Member of American legion Women’s Auxiliary Post #243.

In 1960 their business moved to the Sheboygan County Airport providing general aviation services as Chaplin Aviation, Inc. until 1991. Carol was proficient in painting, drawing, fiber arts, ceramics, and poetry and won numerous awards for her work. She was active in the Wisconsin Regional Arts Association (WRAA) both as a member as well as serving on its Board of Directors.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA Treasurer, 1867 Briarwood Lane, Fitchburg, WI 53575), or the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (Madison, WI).

The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd, Menomonee Falls, Wi from 11:00 am until the Memorial Service at 12:00 noon. Jelacic Funeral Home, Milwaukee, 414-466-2134, is serving the Chaplin family.

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